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Board of Trustees

Meets First & Third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm, Board Room of the Municipal Building, 303 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY

Anyone wishing to place a specific item on the agenda may do so by contacting the Village Clerk by 4 pm on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.

The Board of Trustees is an elected local government board of officials who ensure all areas of their jurisdiction is being maintained and cared for. 

Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include:

  • Attend Board meetings, hearings and workshops and vote on all matters and questions before the Board.
  • Oversee and vote upon disbursement of village funds.
  • Oversee and vote upon public works issues in the best interest of the village, review/vote upon all bids for associated work.
  • Review monthly reports from Department Heads.
  • Work with planning, zoning, and public health officials in the best interest of the village and its citizens.
  • Accept committee assignment for overseeing departments.

Relevant People

Laurie DeNardo

Laurie DeNardo

  607-280-0243 (cell)


  •   Elected and served as Trustee since March 2015; elected as Mayor on March 21, 2023, four year term through 2027
  •   Lifelong resident of the Village
  •   Co-Chair Downtown Revitalization Initiative - Local Planning Committee
  •   Retiring with 40 years as Human Resource Director at Cornell University
  •   Education and leadership training, Cornell University and Empire State College
  •   Certified Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources
  •   Trained facilitator and conflict mediator
  •   Trained union contract negotiator

Growing up and living here all her life, Laurie works tirelessly to retain the wonderful heritage of Watkins Glen.  With her partner, Robin Burnett, she enjoys boating, local music, and volunteering for the benefit of the community.  She is a member St. Mary's of the Lake Church; Member Watkins Glen Elks; Lions; and Moose Clubs; Member, Schuyler Hospital Foundation Board of Directors; Member, Watkins Glen Promotions Board of Directors; Chair, Watkins Glen Waterfront (cardboard boat regatta) Festival

Peter G. Cherock

Peter G. Cherock

  Deputy Mayor
  607-684-5686 (cell)


Lifelong resident of Schuyler County with most of residency spent in the Village.

Graduated 1976 from Watkins Glen Central School.

Graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale Culinary Arts.

Retired from International Salt/AKZO Salt after 22½ years.

Retiring from NYS Academy of Fire Science after 13 years.

Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for 34 years.

Bob Carson

Bob Carson

  607-227-2368 (cell)


  • Re-elected to a four-year term commencing April 1, 2024.
Margaret Schimizzi

Margaret Schimizzi


Elected Village Trustee March 2023, four year term through 2027

Lifelong resident of the Village

Retiring Social Studies teacher from the Elmira City School District

President of the Elmira Teachers Association for 4 years

Stephen Klemann

Stephen Klemann

  607-437-8820 (cell)


Elected to a four-year term commencing April 1, 2024.

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